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  • Writer's pictureLynn Taylor

10 great ways to waste your Knowledge

In the ancient cultures, as humanity began to move from hunting and gathering to agrarian and trade-based economic societies, four principle types of business practitioners (social contributors) evolved: Builders, Merchants, Innovators and Bankers. Everyone has a unique recipe of preference and capacity for each of the four fundamental Core Values.

This is part 4 in a 4-part series exploring each type of social contributor, how they got their start, what separates each from the other, and the vital role each plays in the world. Which do you most identify with? Why? Share your thoughts as we take a walk on the core-value side of the world…

Get to know Knowledge.


People who concentrated their energies in learning and gathering knowledge became bankers. They conserved resources and applied those resources toward projects with the least risk and most opportunity. Bankers analyzed the results of all new projects, reported ineffective efforts, affirmed the reasons for each success, and recorded the history of society. The stability that the bankers provided supported the core values of others and assured the continuity of different disciplines. Because they were bankers, they refused to keep silent when danger was imminent. They proved the presence of danger with their information. They worked to ensure sufficiency and continuity. They learned to do redundant, practical work efficiently, with little wasted motion or energy.

We define Knowledge as…

The What, How and Why of things.

The primary contribution of the Knowledge core value is to gather information that is necessary for the conservation all essential resources. This core value is driven by cognitive processes and a commitment to community. Delivery of important information, and careful application of resources gives the Knowledge activated person the sense of self-worth, willingness to share Knowledge and participation in a structured community. Knowledge-based individuals preserve the best of today and garner resources for a safe and secure tomorrow by their personal presence and knowledgeable counsel.

Leadership in any endeavor requires a solid capacity and respect for Knowledge. Almost any job requires some capacity for Knowledge that is organized, accurate and easily accessible in the leader and trusted by the people on the team.

The capacity for Knowledge is so important, it is essential that we understand the benefits and significant contributions that are made by people who are willing to be the Knowledge in the room. It is also essential that we are able to avoid some of the ways that Knowledge-based individuals waste their Knowledge.

When Knowledge is shared at the right time, in the right circumstances, in the right manner, the effects are dramatic and real.

When Knowledge strategies are used at the wrong time, in the wrong circumstances, in an ineffective manner, the negative effects are dramatic and real.

So here are ten well tested and validated ways for Knowledge-based individuals to waste their Knowledge.

1. Withhold your information to control situations.

2. Dispassionately judge and publish the performance of others.

3. Avoid risks at all costs.

4. Use data and facts to prove others wrong.

5. Use information to create fear in others.

6. Provide information but avoid making decisions.

7. Take a right or wrong, black or white position.

8. Report facts with no sense of prioritization or explanations, or application guidance.

9. Hold up past failures of others in their faces and in front of others.

10. Dishonor the core values in others. Make them all wrong.

The banker’s core value is knowledge, knowing the facts through research, measurement, proof, and records. Knowledge is the awareness of facts, data, information, construct of systems, validated truth, and principles. Knowledge motivates and influences bankers to make every decision, judgment, and action. The banker mind desires complete knowledge, detailed information, useful facts, and data.

The influential banker is one who is committed to educating themselves and others, and to guiding others with their knowledge; they may not excel in the ability to present and disseminate the knowledge that they gather and analyze so carefully.

Their mission is to be the availability of knowledge in the room, at the moment when that knowledge is needed most.

Successful businesses require the knowledge that bankers possess. The banker’s knowledge ensures the success of every operation. This is because the banker is committed to using knowledge to make sure decisions are appropriate, systems are organized, and operations are optimized.

You will often find the banker researching in isolation, collecting information, and trying to find all possible data. These behaviors stem from the banker’s core value, knowledge. Possessing knowledge gets them to a point where they can make judgments, decisions, and take actions. Knowledge influences bankers and helps them make contributions to their team.

The need within their community for the banker’s knowledge helps bankers build self-respect. Having them work on projects that require them to gather data, and then using that data to complete the project, provides them with self-worth. Their core value is being nurtured because their work is aligned with finding knowledge. When their knowledge is used in positive ways, it helps them feel like they’ve made an important contribution.

Are you a Banker-first person? Is your boss? Your spouse? In what way do Bankers contribute in your life? Ever felt like you’ve gone head-to-head with a Banker?

Take the CVI to learn more about the Banker and all of the essential four Core Values.


Lynn Taylor is creator of the Core Values Index™ (CVI), the first and only human-nature assessment to measure the innate, unchanging nature of a person. The Core Values Index is used by companies and coaches around the globe. With it, we align job tasks to innate nature so that work becomes a natural expression of one’s true self. Companies are more profitable as a result, turnover plummets, leadership teams are better equipped to complete critical initiatives, and employees are more engaged, fulfilled and loyal. Find the right talent, reposition existing talent, and lift all individuals to greater outcomes with the CVI.

Learn more at, or better yet, give Lynn and his team a shout at 206.283.8144 to see where the CVI can take YOU!

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